These community members found what they were looking for!
I heard from 3 people regarding my Watson Application. They all had both suggestions for readings and further questions I might want to explore, as well as names of people for me to contact more closely related to my field of interest. I am very pleased and excited by the response I recieved thusfar.
The Ask Me Anything Chat was a wonderful opportunity, and I hope to be able to extend it further. I did not interact with any graduates, but when I look at the landscape of public education in this country I know that we need people, people like Oberlin grads to help catalyze change in schools. I'd love to talk to Oberlin grads about finding ways to teach in high need schools. Please email me if you want to talk further firstname.lastname@example.org
I had no formal companions on my drive beyond a smattering of Obie-founded podcasts, and Anna recommended so many good Ithaca restaurants! I didn't make it Gorgers for the fried eggplant bahn mi but it's top of my list for next time. I would recommend for any Ithaca-bound Obies to check out Carriage House for brunch and Purity for yummilious ice cream sundaes.
Thank you to all of the amazing alumni who reached out to me. Your stories are incredibly appreciated and I gained so many more responses than I ever anticipated-- so many in fact that I can't use all of them for this article but am hoping to follow it up with a future piece. I'll be sure to be in touch when the time comes! I'm constantly reminded how lucky I am to be a part of the Oberlin community, so thank you all again!
I've been contacted by three recent alums. One brough quiche to my house, and we talked about Raleigh. For another, I started a thread on Facebook and connected her to people in the field she's interested in. The last one lives in NYC and is considering moving away and was super happy to talk to me about that. So far, so good!